Return Decisions of Undocumented Migrants: Do Network Effects Help the High-Skilled Overstay?

21 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2010

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Nicola D. Coniglio

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro” (UNIBA) - Department of Economics and Mathematical Methods

Giuseppe De Arcangelis

Sapienza Università di Roma

Laura Serlenga

Università degli Studi di Bari; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Date Written: November 24, 2010

Abstract

This paper analyses the return plans of irregular migrants by stressing the role of individual skills and network effects. We propose a simple two-period life-cycle model that we test using individual-level data on irregular migrants in Italy and on undocumented Mexicans in the USA. Our evidence shows that highly skilled clandestine migrants are more likely to return home than migrants with low or no skills. We argue this result is due to constraints imposed by the irregular status on migrants' ability to fully use human capital in the destination country. However, the presence of strong social networks may lessen this effect.

Suggested Citation

Coniglio, Nicola D. and De Arcangelis, Giuseppe and Serlenga, Laura, Return Decisions of Undocumented Migrants: Do Network Effects Help the High-Skilled Overstay? (November 24, 2010). LABOUR, Vol. 24, pp. 93-113, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1732445 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9914.2010.00500.x

Nicola D. Coniglio (Contact Author)

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Giuseppe De Arcangelis

Sapienza Università di Roma ( email )

Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali ed Economiche
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Laura Serlenga

Università degli Studi di Bari ( email )

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Bari, 70121
Italy

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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